Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video What to look for in a location, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- Another thing that is essential to consider…when you're planning ahead for your shoot is a location.…What you want to do is start to think about…what location might work.…Or maybe you're in one of those situations…where you're going to photograph someone…in a fixed location.…You want to check it out ahead of time.…You want to take a look at the quantity…and the quality of light.…What I mean by that is,…maybe you're going to photograph them outside,…in open shade, and right across from that,…there's a building that's white…that's going to bounce beautiful white light…back into that area.…
Well, that would work.…On the other hand, if that building is painted bright green,…and you got green light bounce back into open shade,…it probably isn't very good.…Or maybe you need to photograph indoors,…and you're photographing in a building,…maybe like this, and there are tinted windows,…which make the light kind of dark and subdued.…You might need to find a different spot.…So you want to start to think about…both the quality and the quantity of light…
In this course, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to shoot effective portraits in natural light—even when the light isn't great. Chris explains how to find the best light, use open shade to your advantage, and leverage the uniqueness of doorway light. He also goes into camera and lens considerations, creating better compositions, working with people, planning for a shoot, and tackling a live shoot. Plus, he shares some tips for earning income as a people photographer.
- Why back light is great for portraits
- Lighting from the side
- Using open shade to your advantage
- Working with dappled and window light
- Camera and lens considerations
- Choosing the right lens
- Creating better compositions
- Posing and directing subjects
- Preparing for a shoot
- Earning income as a people photographer
- Jumpstarting your professional delivery
Skill Level Intermediate
Learning Lighting: Natural Lightwith Erin Manning40m 58s Beginner
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 46s Appropriate for all
Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York Citywith Chris Orwig1h 30m Appropriate for all
1. Find the Best Light
2. Camera Craft
3. Create Better Compositions
4. Working with People
Advanced tips9m 7s
5. Planning Ahead
6. Live Shoot
7. Turn Your Passion into Profit
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